What is the real Living Wage?

The only UK rate based on living costs

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by almost 9,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs - like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.

Almost 300,000 employees have received a pay rise as a result of the Living Wage campaign and we enjoy cross-party support. We have a broad range of employers accredited with the Foundation including 2/5 of the FTSE 100 and big household names including Nationwide, Google, Brewdog, Everton FC and Chelsea FC.

The rates for 2020/21 were announced on Monday 9th November 2020. Employers should implement the rise as soon as possible and within 6 months. All employees should receive the new rate by 9th May 2021. 

In April 2016 the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age inspired by the Living Wage campaign - even calling it the ‘national living wage’.

However, this wage is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live. Instead, it is based on a target to reach 66% of median earnings by 2024. Under current forecasts this means a rise to £10.50 per hour by 2024 and from 2021 was adjusted to include those over 23 years old. The government minimum takes into account what is affordable for businesses.

The real Living Wage rates are higher because they are independently-calculated based on what people need to get by. That's why we encourage all employers that can afford to do so to ensure their employees earn a wage that meets the costs of living, not just the government minimum.

  

Martin Lewis explains the new Living Wage rates

Who pays the Living Wage?

There are over 7,000 accredited Living Wage Employers including 2/5 of the FTSE 100 and big household names like Aviva, ITV and Everton FC.

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